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Kicking off 2021 with the Google Pixel 4a with 5G

2020 was a wild ride, and it doesn’t look like 2021 will be any different. I’m starting off this year with a new phone, the Google Pixel 4a 5G ($679), that was released late last year. If you know anything about me, it’s that I’m firmly a member of Team Android. Last year, my main driver was the amazing Google Pixel 4. I loved that it was a flagship phone with all the bells and whistles, but there were some things that I missed, that the 4a has remedied. Let’s take a look!

What’s in the box?

In the box, you’ll find a USB C to USB C cable, a power adapter, SIM card tool and an adapter to transfer your old phone details to your new one.



The phone

  • 3885 mAh16 battery
  • 6 GB RAM of memory, and 128GB of storage.
  • 2″ Full HD OLED screen.
  • Two rear cameras with a 12MP dual-pixel and 16MP ultra-wide lens
  • Shoots video at 1080p @ 30 fps, 60 fps, 120 fps, 240 fps
  • It’s not dual SIM, but supports an eSIM
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G 2.4 GHz + 2.2 GHz + 1.8 GHz, 64-bit Octa-Core Adreno 620

The phone has a solid build. It’s black matte with a white power button. The power button is the only one on the phone. Unlike the Pixel 4, this new edition has a much longed-for fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack. It’s also bigger than its predecessor, at 6.4 inches. I’m really happy about the extra screen space!

What I love about this phone

  • It stays charged all day and has Extreme Battery Saver mode to get up to 48 hours of battery when you need it most.
  • The ultrawide camera is sharp and clear, with Night Sight to capture amazing photos in the dark.
  • It has Google Assistant, so I can use it to control the lights in my house, my music, and my calendar.
  • It’s capable of blazing-fast, 5G speeds.


Toronto at night.

What I don’t love about this phone

  • It’s very slippery. I’m not sure why, but when it’s out of the case, this phone slips and falls to the ground on almost every surface. It’s fallen from dressers and the couch. Luckily, it survives without a scratch thanks to the Gorilla Glass.
  • Google made a smart move when they added a fingerprint reader to this phone, but they also removed one of my favourite Pixel features, Face unlock. The fingerprint reader makes up for this, but I still miss it!


The Case

Google makes fabric cases for the Pixel 4a ($50), available in 4 different colours. I received the case in “Basically Black.” It feels really nice to hold, and has a nice texture. The case uses fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles, and uses over 70% of recycled materials. When it gets dirty, you can even toss it into the washing machine. How cool is that?

Overall, I love using this phone and think that it’s a worthwhile upgrade from the Pixel 4. The upgraded screen size, fingerprint reader, and long-lasting battery life make this phone a winner to me. Learn more about the Pixel 4a 5G.

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